I found this stilted.
I saw this movie ages ago (no pun intended) in the movie theatre when my husband and I had just started dating and I found it a little hard to follow but a beautiful film nonetheless. I just finished watching it for the first time in years and I loved it even more. The storyline is now easier to follow and is somewhat heartbreaking. All of the performances were amazing, especially Daniel Day Lewis. I liked his pairing with Winona Ryder and with Michelle Pfeiffer. The costumes were absolutely beautiful and the scenery is stunning. I haven't yet read the book and I'm curious to see how closely this movie is to the storyline but in terms of seeing it by itself, it's a wonderful film.
Directed by Scorsese, so I thought...hey, maybe it'll be good? No. The film is all about "relationships" and "high society" and the ensuing drama.... If you love Jane Austen novels, you might like this film. Personally, I enjoyed seeing the woodwork in one of the old houses and then the scene with the men kicking back and smoking cigars...and then I stopped watching (about 20 minutes in).
This 1993 romantic drama film is set in 1870’s New York, and is about a wealthy and well-known couple who seem to have a picture perfect relationship, that is until the wife’s cousin comes to town and sweeps the husband off of his feet. Even though she is a social outcast, he can’t help but to fall in love with her. The movie stars well known actors such as Winona Ryder, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Daniel Day-Lewis, who are what really ties this movie together. The movie was fairly successful at pulling off the older setting, and definitely brought genuine charm to the stage. I would rate this film 4.5/5 stars. @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
A dismally poor adaptation of the book. I was surprised at how wooden and lifeless the performances were, given the length of the waiting list and acclaim from other viewers. One of the rare occasions when, while watching a film, I wished I were doing something else.
Enhancement suggestion: Have you considered adding to DVD entries a link to trailers or a film clip? That is, maybe those movies that are new enough to have clips in the internet archives?
I took a trip to a distant library; the catalog listed this available there. There was another Wharton treatment as well (Buccaneers). Both were apparently missing. When I suggested they might have been pilfered by a Wharton fan, the librarian replied that a Wharton fan wouldn't do that. The sumptuous life style on view was known to Edith Wharton and some glimpse of it can be had today by visiting her masterwork, 'The Mount' in Lenox, Mass. The movie is an awesome accomplishment, probably only people on Scorcese's level could possibly have given it a go, and how many are there? Some might wonder why he would want to since his accounts of transgression previously have tended toward the violent. I am going to guess it was in large part to honor his father to whom the film is dedicated. In going somewhat outside his comfort zone, he might be seen here and there trying a bit too hard. No harm done. I was quite able to sympathize with the privileged Newland Archer, as many will be. Especially the walking wounded.
This is a 18th century movie with beautiful costumes of this time with great performance of a team of known actors. the story is long and not a lot of substance to the story.
Set among the ornate brownstones and gilded ballrooms of 1870s New York society, Martin Scorsese’s sumptuous adaptation of Edith Wharton’s story is one of his most restrained and therefore most powerful films. Apparently he deemed this his “most violent film” not for any physical action but for its sheer depth of emotion. indeed, despite their waxed moustaches and butterfly dresses, the refined gentlemen and ladies depicted here are able to flash the most dazzling of smiles even as they twist their knives further in for they live by a rigid social code more impenetrable that that of any primitive tribe. A wistful, heartbreaking, and deeply romantic piece with a baroque score and erudite script—partially narrated by Joanne Woodward—all set off by Michael Ballhaus’ golden cinematography, Gabriela Pescucci Oscar-winning costume designs, and set decorations which make old New York’s monied class come to life once more, if only for a few hours.
A beautiful recreation of a very different time. And you couldn't ask for better performances from Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, and even Winona Ryder who is cast in a role that plays to her strengths. And yet...this is a long movie. Very long, considering its lack of story. If it had been made in the classic Hollywood era of the 1930s and 1940s, most probably they would have added some drama and humour, picked up the pace, and known when to end. Or avoided doing it at all. I see there was a 1934 version starring Irene Dunne, but perhaps it is not surprising it is not a well-known film today.
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